vexation

noun

vex·​a·​tion vek-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce vexation (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being vexed : irritation
2
: a cause of trouble : affliction
3
: the act of harassing or vexing : troubling

Examples of vexation in a Sentence

the problems and vexations of everyday life the repeated vexations guaranteed that she wouldn't get any work done
Recent Examples on the Web Alex’s sixty-minute set consisted of witty rants on the quotidian vexations of life, such as squabbles with Internet bullies and an awkward first date. Chang Che, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2024 Other cities have been more vocal about their vexations with robot vehicles. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, 4 Jan. 2024 Luckily, vexations are evergreen if given half a chance, and, at least on Broadway, are assuageable. Jesse Green, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 These social vexations work as cultural criticism, pinpointing Mike’s terror — the panic of exasperated people going through hell, not dream theory. Armond White, National Review, 1 Nov. 2023 While some families have commended the move to improve transparency and intelligence-sharing between the federal government and concerned relatives of those held overseas, others have expressed vexation with their lack of communication with the president. Patrick Koenigs, ABC News, 20 July 2022 As one of the leading mainstream journalists investigating the phenomenon over the past 20-plus years, Leslie Kean shares this enduring vexation. Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2023 Why does this fashion vexation afflict so many women, including those with bursting armoires? Ann Binlot, wsj.com, 7 Apr. 2023 There are three stages of erotomania: hope, vexation, and grudge, says Faden. Naydeline Mejia, Women's Health, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of vexation was in the 15th century

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“Vexation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vexation. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

vexation

noun
vex·​a·​tion vek-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce vexation (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being vexed : irritation
2
: the act of vexing : annoyance
3
: a cause of trouble or worry

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